65th Cavalry Division (United States)

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65th Cavalry Division
US 65th Cavalry Division.svg
Shoulder Sleeve Insignia of the 65th Cavalry Division
Active 1921–1941
Country United States
Branch United States Army
Type Cavalry
Garrison/HQ Chicago
Nickname(s) "Chevaliers"
Hugh S. Johnson
U.S. Cavalry Divisions
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The 65th Cavalry Division was a cavalry division of the United States Army Organized Reserves. It was created due to the perceived need for additional cavalry units. It was numbered in succession with the Regular Army cavalry divisions, not all of which were active at its creation.

The 65th Cavalry Division was organized in the Mid-Western United States. The division was composed of personnel from Illinois, Michigan and Wisconsin.


Standard organization chart for a Cavalry Division in November 1940

In 1940, the division included the following units:[1]


  1. ^ Clay 2010a, p. 589.


  • Clay, Steven E. (2010a). US Army Order of Battle 1919–1941 (PDF). 2. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 9781780399171.
  • Clay, Steven E. (2010b). US Army Order of Battle 1919–1941 (PDF). 4. Fort Leavenworth, Kansas: Combat Studies Institute Press. ISBN 9780984190140.
  • Sawicki, James A. (1985). Cavalry regiments of the US Army. Dumfries, Virginia: Wyvern Publications. ISBN 9780960240463.
  • Wilson, John B. (1998). Maneuver and Firepower: The Evolution of Divisions and Separate Brigades (PDF). CMH Pub 60–14–1. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History.

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